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 Post subject: Re: Gray Panda GT-S 16v Hatch Build
PostPosted: Tue Feb 11, 2014 4:12 pm 
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Got to see the pistons in the motor and rotating this weekend, assembly should be finished soon. Ordered some no-name 10 inch fans and picked up some silly JDM bling at the post office today that I just couldn't resist:
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Rain visors, whattt?

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 Post subject: Re: Gray Panda GT-S 16v Hatch Build
PostPosted: Thu Feb 13, 2014 12:27 pm 
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sweet pickup man. post em when they're on the car!

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 Post subject: Re: Gray Panda GT-S 16v Hatch Build
PostPosted: Tue Mar 11, 2014 9:51 am 
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Yay, more eBay parts are in.

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10 inch fans and some switchgear.

As for the motor, here's the updates:
    Every single component has been thoroughly cleaned
    Rings chamfered
    New woodruff key
    Bottom end is all together, head/valve covers on
    Timed to factory
    Oil drain back added from head to pan
    Injector connectors replaced

Getting there, can't wait to hear it run.

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 Post subject: Re: Gray Panda GT-S 16v Hatch Build
PostPosted: Tue Mar 11, 2014 3:39 pm 
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Cool project. Thanks for sharing


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 Post subject: Re: Gray Panda GT-S 16v Hatch Build
PostPosted: Tue Apr 01, 2014 8:04 am 
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Quick update time.

Turns out my goofy oil pressure warning light sensor fouled the PS pump. So, with that in mind along with the plan always being to switch to manual rack, we did just that.

Here's the AW11 rack (sans u-joint which came in later) complete with totally shagged inner tie-rods:
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T3's bitchin' manual rack parts along with a fuel pressure gauge:
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Here's the rack in the car:
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On the motor front, everything is all together and in the car.

Here's the sweet new oil drain-back in place:
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New flywheel and bolts:
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And with the new clutch kit:
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Fancy new intake gaskets:
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Fuel setup with new connectors, refreshed injectors, etc.:
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Here's the motor and trans before they went in:
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So, what remains now is fixing the wiring the previous owners absolutely FUBAR'd, shrouding and mounting the new 10 inch fans, mounting and wiring my overkill digi-gauges and warning lights, breaking it in, then figuring out what is the next most critical area of concern once the engine is sorted. Getting close!

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 Post subject: Re: Gray Panda GT-S 16v Hatch Build
PostPosted: Wed Apr 02, 2014 5:47 pm 
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You may want to check the bush on the right side of the AW11 rack.

They were known for wearing and making a terrible rattling/knocking noise.


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 Post subject: Re: Gray Panda GT-S 16v Hatch Build
PostPosted: Wed Apr 02, 2014 5:59 pm 
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ToyGuy wrote:
You may want to check the bush on the right side of the AW11 rack.

They were known for wearing and making a terrible rattling/knocking noise.


Solid tip, thanks!

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 Post subject: Re: Gray Panda GT-S 16v Hatch Build
PostPosted: Wed Apr 09, 2014 8:08 pm 
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So, the wiring was bad:
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Now it's good:
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The battery relocation cable was just coiled up and run through the firewall (see the ratsnest in the before pics above), now it's routed properly:
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The ignition coil was laid down (see the ratsnest in the before pics above), not it's upright on a sweet mount:
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 Post subject: Re: Gray Panda GT-S 16v Hatch Build
PostPosted: Thu Apr 10, 2014 6:20 am 
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yeah, build a badass custom harness. remove the unnecessary stuff, tuck it where possible. toyota uses a lot of connectors on different cars so making a couple junkyard trips should score you what you need on that end.

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 Post subject: Re: Gray Panda GT-S 16v Hatch Build
PostPosted: Thu Apr 10, 2014 8:29 am 

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comming along quite nicely...can you share a little more on the manual rack convo?


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 Post subject: Re: Gray Panda GT-S 16v Hatch Build
PostPosted: Thu Apr 10, 2014 8:42 am 
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10psitx wrote:
comming along quite nicely...can you share a little more on the manual rack convo?

Thanks.

So, the manual rack is something I wanted to do in the long run anyway, and as the pump fouled on one of my new sensors, we decided to do it now.

What you need is a manual rack from an AW11 MR2 (getting hard to find), the u-joint from the same car, a bushing that fills in the gap between the larger PS rack and manual rack (T3 sells one), and an intermediate shaft either from a MK3 Supra (getting hard to find) or a new one from T3. The inner tie rods on the MR2 rack I got were totally loose, so we had to throw on some other ones. I didn't splash out for the fancy tie rod ones you can get.

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 Post subject: Re: Gray Panda GT-S 16v Hatch Build
PostPosted: Thu Apr 17, 2014 10:04 am 
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Mad Max style!
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Sweet new fan shroud the builder fabbed for the eBay rad and eBay fans:
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Interior coming together with warning lights, gauges, cutoff, etc.:
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Everything's coming together, just some wiring and break-in left... hopefully!

If anyone has some lower radiator mounts/bushings/grommets/supports/insulators/whatever-they're-calleds, hit me up.

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